\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) , especially New England ˈsu̇n \

Definition of soon

1 : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise
2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done
3 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive
4 archaic : before the usual time
5 obsolete : at once : immediately

Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can. See More
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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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More Definitions for soon


\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.
2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.
3 : before long They soon learned the truth.
4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.
5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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